Be Recorder: Poems

Be Recorder: Poems

Finalist for the National Book Award for PoetryCarmen Giménez Smith dares to demand renewal for a world made unrecognizableBe Recorder offers readers a blazing way forward into an as yet unmade world. The many times and tongues in these poems investigate the precariousness of personhood in lines that excoriate and sanctify. Carmen Giménez Smith turns the increasingly pressing urge to cry out into a dream/>Be/>Carmen/>...

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Be Recorder: Poems Reviews

  • André Habet

    Read this cross 3 days. The titular poem is an epic that moves through scales, forms, and voices to create a piece that polyphonically resonates across space-time. Favorite lines,

    "I've learned most from the cracked

    Once I broke into pieces

    Now I break into wholes.

    ('Be Recorder', 31)

  • Christy Rogers

    Carmen Giménez Smith is an utter genius. Her poems weave their way through the expectations of capitalism and government restraint and family ties and personal ambition. I saw myself, and most of America, in this timeless dream of a collection.

  • Alyssa

    so good I read it twice through

  • Abby
  • Dee

    Incandescent.

  • D.A.

    One of the best books in a year of great books. Gimenez is a national treasure.

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    Be Recorder is a collection of poems about contemporary America, consumerism/capitalism, and what it’s like being the child of Latin American immigrants in America. Great form and use of language. One of my favorites from the shortlist.

  • R.K. Cowles

    3 3/4 stars

  • Ken

    I'm doing well here with finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards. For poetry, that is. The other two I've read are

    (Jericho Brown) and

    (Ilya Kaminsky). Please don't ask about the fiction and nonfiction finalists, however. The only fiction one I've read I abandoned (

    ), and the nonfiction titles were all strangers in the night to me.

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    . Comprised of three sections, the book tackles more than a body'd expect: motherhood, daughterhood, race, popular cult(Black

    I'm doing well here with finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards. For poetry, that is. The other two I've read are

    (Jericho Brown) and

    (Ilya Kaminsky). Please don't ask about the fiction and nonfiction finalists, however. The only fiction one I've read I abandoned (

    ), and the nonfiction titles were all strangers in the night to me.

    Back to

    . Comprised of three sections, the book tackles more than a body'd expect: motherhood, daughterhood, race, popular culture, feminism, violence, vanity, and yes,

    . What looks like poetic overload for a poet, Giménez Smith pulls off with aplomb.

    Me, I liked the more traditional poems of Part One: "Creation Myth," particularly the opening poem "Origins," which speaks to identity, and the third, "Boy Crazy," wherein the speaker wishes for the nighttime freedom boys enjoyed over girls.

    Part Two is the title poem, stretching out across 46 pages. Ambitious. Resistant. Rebellious. Yet troubled by doubts.

    Part Three, "Birthright," returns to shorter poems, including the exploration of her mother's decline to Alzheimer's, a regrettable muse that inspired Rebecca Solnit, too, in some essays I recently read.

    Overall, some solid moments. Were I to judge from the three, I'd give it to

    , but no judge in his right mind judges before reading the entire list. And so, two to go.

  • Mills College Library

    811.6 G491b 2019

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